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(up to £45,335). Closing date: 30 April.
Union to ballot 600,000 local government staff on strike action over pay
70% of members rejected this year's pay offer
Councils to be able to delegate "nearly all" childrens social care functions
DfE consults on proposed regulations that it claims will broaden range of approaches available to local authorities
Single Family Court and 26-week time limit come into being
Part of what has been described as largest family justice reforms in a generation
Justice Secretary hits out at "inappropriate" use of judicial review
Legal system is being exploited by pressure groups with political point to make, says Grayling, as legal aid regulations published
Supreme Court to hold expedited hearing on benefit cap next week
Claimants argue that regulations are unlawful because they unjustifiably discriminate against lone parents and victims of domestic violence, and fail to have regard to best interests of child
Review into death of boy pinpoints decision of magistrates to refuse EPO
Serious case review highlights “very unusual” decision that "disempowered" agencies. HM Courts and Tribunals Services agrees to issue advice to all legal advisors on management of applications for emergency protection orders
Pickles threatens five councils over alleged breaches of publicity code
Notices of intention to serve directions sent to London boroughs but move criticised by Local Government Association
Council secures first prosecution for money laundering over gambling den
Profits from poker tournaments were illegal and amounted to criminal assets under Proceeds of Crime Act
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Decision by Pickles to allow building on allotments heads for judicial review
High Court grants permission to three plot-holders to challenge decision re-taken after Secretary of State admitted that original grant of consent was unlawful
CJC sets up advisory group for online dispute resolution
Civil Justice Council asks group - to be chaired by Professor Richard Susskind - to look at potential and limitations of the use of ODR in civil disputes worth less than £25,000
Infrastructure and planning trio rejoin Bircham Dyson Bell
Three lawyers who left less than 12 months ago will now return as legal directors
TLT senior partner set to become Law Society President in 2016
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New articles on Local Government Lawyer
Local government meetings: now the movie - or the crime scene?
Olwen Dutton assesses draft regulations that would allow members of the public to report on meetings of local government bodies, and require written records of certain decisions taken by officers.
Giving the green light to (minor) unlawfulness
A provision in the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill in relation to granting permission for judicial review could have a major impact, writes Alexander Campbell.
The cost of nature – the burden on local authorities
Christopher Cant looks at the issues raised for local authorities by events such as flooding, rock falls and land slips, and sets out what steps they should consider taking.
A parting shot? The OFT on ICT and procurement in the public sector
Trudy Feaster-Gee and David Kilduff consider the lessons to be learned from an Office of Fair Trading report on the supply of ICT to the public sector.
Irascible does not mean incapable
The Court of Protection has recently made a determination of mental capacity in a case acknowledged to be "finely balanced". Rosalind English examines the ruling.
Turbines, heritage assets and merits
Does a recent Court of Appeal ruling mark a change in the wind in relation to decision-makers and a key duty under the Listed Buildings Act 1990? Gordon Nardell QC and Justine Thornton analyse the judgment.
New permitted development rights in force
Polly Reynolds outlines the new permitted development rights introduced earlier this month.
Borrowing powers, surplus land and affordable housing
The Government has given councils the opportunity to bid for more borrowing powers and also relaxed the constraints on them selling surplus land and property to developers for new affordable housing. Elizabeth Wood assesses whether this will really mean 10,000 new affordable homes.
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The latest blogs...
Conservatives to take onshore wind farms out of Planning Act regime by Angus Walker
This entry reports on an announcement about onshore wind farms by the Conservative Party this week.
No new energy projects in infrastructure list
Snap judgement: Is the role of monitoring officer worth the risk?
...Yes, it's a key role that is valued by my authority
,,,It's an occupational hazard of the head of legal role
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Been away? Features on Local Government Lawyer recently include:
Adult Social Services: Cheshire West: the hidden cost
looks at some of the likely costs to local authorities arising as a result of the Supreme Court's ruling on deprivations of liberty, and outlines some of the steps they should consider taking in relation to commissioned services.
Children: Children and Families Act 2014: implications for local authorities
and Clare Taylor
outline some of the key provisions for local authorities arising out of the Children and Families Act in relation to vulnerable children.
Employment: Avoiding increased risk on dismissal procedures
analyses a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling on the so-called Johnson exclusion zone and an employer's ability to make amends.
Governance: Consultation - backing no horses, and the importance of interim relief
David Hart QC
looks at the lessons to be learned from a recent Court of Appeal ruling that a council had failed to consult properly on the closure of a day care centre.
Healthcare: The Duty of Candour - and general transparency
The Department of Health has published details of the proposed statutory duty of candour for health and adult social care providers, as well as a new general transparency duty. Corinne Slingo
, Tracey Longfield
and Belinda Dix
examine the key points.
Housing: Anti-social Behaviour Bill - nearly there!
highlights some key issues on the pending anti-social behaviour reforms.
Licensing: No minor matter
The breadth of discretion in respect of applications for minor variations under S.41A and B of the Licensing Act 2003 has been considered and confirmed, writes Josef Cannon
Litigation: The Planning Court comes into being
Richard Harwood QC
analyses the introduction of a Planning Court this month and outlines the key changes.
Planning: Setting planning fees
Should local authorities be allowed to set their own planning fees? Polly Reynolds
examines recent developments.
Planning: Recent changes to the CIL regime: a summary
provides a summary of recent changes that affected the Community Infrastructure Levy.
Procurement: State aid, "preparatory works" and infrastructure projects
Does the European Commission's approval for a German infrastructure scheme involving grants to local authorities mark a shift away from the Leipzig Halle
case? Alex Kynoch
looks at a recent decision coming out of Brussels.
Projects: Combined authorities and economic prosperity boards - the way forward?
Are Combined Local Authorities and Economic Prosperity Boards (‘EPBs’) the missing link for local authority regeneration initiatives? Rob Hann
Property: Storeyville - houses in multiple occupation
The High Court has confirmed the scope of the licensing regime for houses in multiple occupation. Suzanne Ornsby QC
and George Mackenzie
Regulatory: Challenges in the Consumer Rights Bill
identifies some of the key issues arising for local authorities and their trading standards teams out of the Consumer Rights Bill.
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